The ongoing estrangement between Prince Harry and King Charles III has reached a critical point, with the monarch declining to meet his son despite a recent cancer diagnosis. This situation, compounded by a series of public snubs and private rejections, has left Harry fearing he may never reconcile with his father.

On May 7, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III would bestow the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to Prince William, bypassing Harry, who served with the corps in Afghanistan. This move came as a profound humiliation for Harry, who, under different circumstances, might have expected to receive the honor himself.

According to BBC, The same day, Harry arrived in London for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, a sports event he founded for wounded soldiers. He hoped to see his father, but a spokesperson for Harry stated that "it will not be possible due to His Majesty's full programme."

Despite this official explanation, Harry was deeply hurt. "It's not stopped him from loving his dad but has reminded Harry that some things may never be repairable," a source close to the situation revealed, as reported by Star magazine.

Compounding the heartache is King Charles III's reported diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, with sources suggesting he has been given only two years to live. This grim prognosis casts a shadow over any hopes Harry might have had for reconciliation. "Harry is heartbroken and worried he'll never see his father again," the source added.

Three years ago, after Prince Philip's funeral, King Charles had pleaded with his sons to make peace, saying, "Please, boys. Don't make my final years a misery." Yet, the King seems to be perpetuating the feud by excluding Harry from his life and responsibilities. Despite Harry's attempts to reconnect, including a brief 30-minute meeting in February after Charles' diagnosis, the King has remained distant.

Harry has been vocal about his grievances, accusing the palace of leaking stories to protect senior royals and calling out Queen Camilla as manipulative. Meghan Markle, Harry's wife, has refused to return to the UK, further straining relations. Harry's isolation was starkly highlighted when he was banned from wearing his military uniform at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral and excluded from the Buckingham Palace balcony during family events.

Most recently, Harry attended a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in London for the Invictus Games' anniversary, while the rest of the royal family were conspicuously absent, attending other engagements, People reported. "Harry would like nothing more than to see his dad, but he's been shut out," confirmed the source. "They're punishing him."

Speculation about King Charles III's health and funeral plans, dubbed Operation Menai Bridge, has intensified. Insiders claim that Charles' treatments are not going as hoped, despite his recent public appearances. The monarch's diagnosis is reportedly an open secret among royal staffers.

The ongoing estrangement is particularly painful for Harry, who lost his mother, Princess Diana, in a tragic accident when he was just 12 years old. The prospect of losing his father without reconciliation is a trauma he fears will add to his already extensive list of emotional burdens. "If his father dies and Harry doesn't get a chance to see him, it will be another trauma to add to an already long list," a source explained.

King Charles III is reportedly still deeply hurt by Harry's criticisms in his memoir Spare and the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan. The King is said to view Harry as a threat to the monarchy's stability. Meanwhile, Prince William is concerned that Harry and Meghan might seek a portion of the $34 billion crown estate and is urging Charles to cut them out of his will entirely.